UCLA earns top spot, barely ahead of Tar Heels

UCLA picked up two first-place votes from last week to grab the top spot alone over North Carolina in the ESPN/USA Today men's basketball rankings released Monday.

The Bruins have 12 first-place votes, one fewer than the No. 2 Tar Heels. But UCLA has 749 points, four more than UNC.

Memphis, Kansas and Georgetown rounded out the top five for the second straight week.

North Carolina remained No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. UCLA is No. 2.

Several schools shot up the rankings. Washington State climbed from ninth to sixth, followed by Duke (10th to seventh), Texas (16th to eighth) and Texas A&M (15th to ninth). Louisville, last week's sixth-ranked team, fell to 10th.

Four teams entered the rankings: Wisconsin (No. 20), Brigham Young (No. 23), USC (No. 24) and Xavier (No. 25). Kansas State, Syracuse, Florida and Davidson dropped out.